FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 4, 2010

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518-463-3175 ext 101
mbowen@albanycap.org

Free Tax Service Helps Many Albany County Residents
Take Advantage of Valuable Credits

ACAP Now Preparing Tax Returns for Qualifying Individuals

Albany, NY – February, 4, 2010 - Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) has announced today the annual launch of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers free tax return assistance to low- and moderate- income households — those households with 2009 incomes below $49,000.00.  

ACAP’s IRS Certified VITA/TCE Volunteer Preparer will help individuals complete their income tax returns according to the current taxation laws and help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the program also offers free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.

“Last year, $249,750 in tax refunds were received by customers through ACAP’s tax services via Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly,” said Kathleen Cloutier, ACAP’s Executive Director. “Clearly this is a valuable program which helps Albany residents keep much needed income and stay clear of ‘quick-refund’ businesses that prey upon those most in need.”

The program is available at ACAP’s Outreach locations in Albany (333 Sheridan Avenue/ 518.463.3175) and Cohoes (20 White Street, Cohoes/518.237.9201) and runs February 1, 2010 – April 9, 2010 by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, please call 518.463.3175.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. In addition to VITA, ACAP currently runs 14 programs and services in 17 locations around Albany County.  Visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

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